[Plane-Crash]

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There are conflicting reports about the final moments aloft of the Alliance Air jet that crashed today in India.
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The Boeing 737 crashed in eastern India, killing nearly 60 people on board and on the ground.
Several witnesses say the plane was on fire before it hit the ground.
Another witness says the plane ''wobbling'' at a low altitude for a few seconds. Then its wing came off.
But the secretary of India's civil aviation authority denies that report. The official says the aircraft ``was in perfect condition'' and had received all of its checks.
The plane was carrying 58 people, including six crew members.
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[Explosion]


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A chemical plant explosion and fire last night forced the evacuation of more than 3-thousand people from a town about 25 miles west of Montreal.
More evacuations are possible today.
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The fire sent toxic smoke into the air -- but fire officials say it would probably result in nothing more than eye and throat irritations.
The plant is believed to have contained thousands of gallons of chemicals.
The fire is being allowed to burn itself out because fire officials say if it is doused with water there is the risk of contaminating near-by creeks and the sewer system.
There are no reports of injuries
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[Giles-County]


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About 100 customers of Edgewood Water company in Giles County are being asked to boil their water before they drink it.
The company gets its water from a 60-year-old well in northern Giles County.
The owner says samples sent to the state Health Department have tested positive for fecal matter.
He also says he's since increased the use of chlorine to purify the water.
The Health Department says surface water is to blame.

[Tobacco]


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The decision a Miami jury reached Friday concerning the tobacco industry is hitting close to home.
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The jury ordered Big Tobacco to pay 145- BILLION dollars to sick Florida smokers.
The jury ruled tobacco companies deceived and harmed smokers- and Friday they ruled the industry must pay.
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In Southside, Virginia--- tobacco is the area's number one cash crop and the decision has struck fear in many farm

ers.
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((LARRY MCPETERS/VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: ANYTHING THAT YOU ADD TO THE PLATE IT KIND OF RUNS IT OVER, IT'S OVERBEARING, SO OUR FARMERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT FLORIDA OR ANYWHERE ELSE THAT TOBACCO IS THERE'S AN ATTACK ON THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY, BE IT THE FARMERS, OR THE MAIN COMPANY.))
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It could be years before anyone sees any money from the ruling.
Tobacco companies plan appeals that could take decades.
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[React-Tobacco]


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Meantime, Lawyers for big tobacco and for sick Florida smokers are headed back to court today to determine how to proceed following the largest civil verdict in U.S. history.
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[vo-nat]
Mary Farnham is one of the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
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((I BEGAN SMOKING WHEN SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD/WHEN THROUGH NURSING SCHOOL WHERE SHE LEARNED THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING..TRIED TO QUIT BUT WAS ADDICTED.))
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Tobacco companies say they are already changing the way their product is advertised.





[Nazi-Slave]


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German and U.S. officials have signed an historic deal today to compensate hundreds of Nazi Slaves.
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The money will come from a fund worth four-point-eight million dollars.
The German government and over three thousand German companies like Siemens and Volkswagon are paying into the fund.
It's likely to be Germany's last big payment for crimes committed under Adolf Hitler's rule which have cost Germany $60 billion in reparations since World War Two.
Representatives from the governments of Germany, the United States, Israel and east European countries and American lawyers for the victims signed the final deal in Berlin. Agreement was reached after 18 months of negotiations.
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[Radar]


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Starting tomorrow, Radar will begin the first of two new routes in Roanoke County.
Radar, which is a transportation service, will act as a feeder service for Valley Metro.
The orange line will provide service between Tanglewood mall and Lewis Gale hospital down the 4-19 corridor.
And the yellow line, starting July 25th, will extend service from Spartan Square in Salem to the Valley Tech Industrial Park.

[Mideast-Peace]


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President Clinton says progress is being made in the Mideast Peace Summitt at Camp David.
The meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders is in its seventh day.
The Palestinians are signaling they're willing to keep talking beyond Wednesday, when Clinton leaves for Japan.

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But back home hundreds of Palestinians have marched through the streets of Gaza, holding pictures of Arafat and Palestinian prisoners.
They are calling for the Israelis to release the prisoners.
Meanwhile the spiritual leader of the group is calling for Yasser Arafat to abandon the peace talks.
He says any agreement reached is doomed to fail the Palestinians and he has pledged to continue the armed struggle against Israel.
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[Giles-Ax]


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A Cheaspeake woman fell 40 feet while hiking the Cascade trail in Giles County.
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Officials say the 20- year old woman went off the trail around four yesterday afternoon and climbed onto rocks underneath the 66 foot waterfall.
That's when she apparently fell 40 feet, hitting several rocks on the way down, and landing in the water.
Giles County rescue and sheriff's deputies used A-T-V's to reach the woman.
She was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital with cuts and some broken bones.
Her name and condition have not been released.
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[Explore-Park]


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Virginia Explore Park officials are looking for more black interpreters to tell the story of the bateau men. It's part of the park's new African American exhibit.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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((NAT SOT: MOST OF YOUR BATEAU CREW MEN WERE AFRICAN SLAVES OR FREE MAN))

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The story of the bateau men is one deeply rooted in black history.
Both free blacks and slaves transported goods on Virginia's rivers, playing a crucial role in the states economy.
And that's why Virginia Explore Park officials say the wanted to have this exhibit at the park.
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((ROGER ELLMORE/EXECUTIVE DIR. EXPLORE PARK: ONE OF THINGS THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT EXPLORE PARK IS TO EXPAND THE THINGS THAT WE OFFER. ONE OF THE REAL HOLES THAT WE HAD IN OUR EXPERIENCE WAS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. SO THE BATEAU EXHIBIT WAS OUR ATTEMPT TO INTRODUCE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY INTO EXPLORE PARK)) [RUNS15]
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But Park officials say there's still something missing -- black interpreters to convey the story to visitors.
Doctor Reginald Shareef, the consultant for the exhibit says, it's disappointing.
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((DR. REGINALD SHAREEF/EXHIBIT CONSULTANT: YOU LOSE A LOT OF AUTHENTICITY WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE HERE NOT ONLY TELLING THE STORY BUT SHAPING THE STORY)) [RUNS09]
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((JOY SUTTON REPORTING: THE BATEAU EXHIBIT ISN'T THE ONLY AREA WHERE THERE IS A LACK OF BLACK INTERPRETERS, IN FACT THERE AREN'T ANY BLACKS WORKING IN ANY CAPACITY AT VIRGINIA EXPLORE PARK AND SOME SAY THAT'S REASON FOR CONCERN. )) [RUNS11]
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((ROGER ELLMORE/EXECUTIVE DIR. VIRGINIA EXPLORE PARK:WE HAVE ABOUT 25 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOL POPULATION IS AFRICAN AMERICAN AND IT'S DIFFICULT SOMETIMES FOR THEM TO RELATE TO THE EXPERIENCE IF THEY DON'T SEE AFRICAN AMERICANS ON SITE. THAT'S WHY WE THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE AFRICAN AMERICANS HER AND SO WHEN WE DON'T HAVE THAT IT REALLY SORT OF PUT HOLE IN OUR PROGRAMMING)) [RUNS16]
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The Park says it hopes to soon have black interpreters telling these stories -- but for now can only continue its search for those employees, who will make the historic scene complete.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))

















[State-Wine]


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Virginia wine makers hope to expand the industry with a state wine.
Wine has been made in Virginia since Jamestown, but only recently has begun to turn a significant profit.
Some wine makers say having a state wine would help pour money into Virginia through sales, employment and tourism.

The number of Virginia wineries increased tenfold between 1979 and 1999.[Box-Office]


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Comic book heroes "The X-Men" were "X-cellent" at the box office this weekend.

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The exploits of Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and pals registered the second best movie opening of the year with a 57-and-a-half million dollar take. Only Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible II" has done better in 2000.
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Scary Movie slipped into second place. Coming in third was "The Perfect Storm." In fourth, Mel Gibson's "The Patriot." and Disney's "The Kid" rounds out the top five..

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[Summer-Power]


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It's beginning to heat up this afternoon, but so far this month The National Weather Service says temperatures are running about four degrees cooler than average.
And while cooler summer temperatures are good news for homeowners .. they're bad news for people who rely on the summer-heat for their livelihood.
Some Virginia power companies say air conditioner usage and power consumption is down .. .. and so are the number of house calls utility repairmen have to make.

[Car-Winner]


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A Roanoke man entered an on line contest and drove away a winner.
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Wayne Sanburn won this 2-thousand Toyota Camry.
He says all he did was respond to a national e-mail contest from auto-by-tel-dot-com urging him try his on-screen key to see if it matched the key on the web site.
And with the click of a button, Sanburn was winner.
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((WAYNE SANBURN: I DON'T GO OUT LOOKING FOR THESE THING TOO MUCH. LIKE I SAID THIS WAS AN E-MAIL THAT JUST SHOWED UP ONE DAY. I CAN ONLY SAY IT HAD TO BE A GIFT FROM GOD BECAUSE I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN GO TO THE WEB PAGE))
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Sanburn got to choose his vehicle-- with a few restrictions.
The car had to be offered by auto-by-tel and had to cost less than 30-thousand dollars.
Sanburn picked up his car at the Shelor Toyota dealership in Christiansburg Saturday.
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[General-Mills]


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Pillsbury sold its food and drinks unit to General Mills today after weeks of speculation. The stock-exchange creates one of the largest global food corporations, worth ten and a half billion-dollars.
The new merger's products will encompass products such as Betty vegetables. Crocker cake mixes, Cheerios, Haagen-Daazs ice cream and Green Giant